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Converting Social Conflict: Focal Points and the Evolution of Cooperation


Peter T. Leeson


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Christopher J. Coyne


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Peter J. Boettke


George Mason University - Department of Economics

2006

Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 19, No. 2/3, pp. 137-147, 2006

Abstract:     
We examine the ability of focal points to transform situations of potential conflict into situations of cooperation. In performing this function, focal points convert "worst-case scenarios" into "better-case scenarios," which are easier for political economic systems to handle. Focal points thus contribute to the ability of political economies to perform well in the face of less than ideal conditions, enhancing systemic robustness.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Focal points, Robustness, Cooperation, Conflict

JEL Classification: P0


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Date posted: January 23, 2006 ; Last revised: October 25, 2010

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Leeson, Peter T. and Coyne, Christopher J. and Boettke, Peter J., Converting Social Conflict: Focal Points and the Evolution of Cooperation (2006). Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 19, No. 2/3, pp. 137-147, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=876493

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Christopher J. Coyne
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Peter J. Boettke
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
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